Vengeful Egypt baying for Senegal blood

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Egypt will battle it out with Senegal in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification – third-round – first-leg match at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo on Friday.

Kick-off is at 9:30 pm.

The Pharaohs eased into this stage of qualifying after finishing at the top of Group F having won four out of their six matches while the other two games ended in a draw.

The seven-time African champions then embarked on a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Cameroon which saw them reach the final where they were defeated by Senegal on penalties just last month.

Having taken part in the last World Cup finals in Russia, Egypt are looking to make it two successive appearances in the global showpiece. Their experienced head coach Carlos Queiroz has promised not to disappoint the Pharaohs fans.

“They want to produce great performances and qualify for the World Cup. We are working hard in the camp and we’re trying to motivate the players after the incredible Africa Cup of Nations,” Queiroz told the media.

“We can all feel a change in the atmosphere surrounding the team. Our goals are to satisfy the fans and god willing beat Senegal, and we promise we will play with a fighting spirit.

“We thank the officials for allowing fans to attend the game, the players are happy with that and hopefully we won’t disappoint them.”

Meanwhile, Senegal showed their dominance in the previous round of qualifying – winning five out of their six matches and they won Group H comfortably while also undefeated.

The Lions of Teranga were able to carry their form into the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals where they went all the way to the final and they beat Egypt to clinch their first continental title.

Having guided Senegal to the 2018 World Cup finals, head coach Aliou Cisse is expecting tough and difficult matches against the Pharaohs, who will be seeking revenge against the Lions of Teranga.

“This double confrontation with Egypt, the team that we have just beaten in the Afcon final on penalties promises to be tough and very difficult,” Cisse said in the pre-match conference.

“We are champions of Africa, but we are not favourites, because the statistics say that all the teams that have been African champions have not qualified for the World Cup.

“It’s another competition, we will do everything to qualify. Professional football, high-level football does not only feed on the past. Today, we are facing two very important dates for Senegalese football.”

In the Head-to-Head record, Egypt and Senegal will clash for the 14th time.

The Pharaohs have the edge having won six games compared to the Lions of Teranga’s five victories while two matches ended in a draw.

The 2021 Afcon final clash remains the last meeting between Egypt and Senegal. -Supersport